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Nevada Gets More Than $7.3 Million to Fight Homelessness

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Sen. Harry Reid has announced more than $7.3 million in federal grants to fight homelessness in Nevada.

The grants comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Renewal (CoCR) awards. The CoCR programs provide funding for a range of assistance to homeless persons, including transitional housing, permanent housing and other supportive services.

"The blight of homelessness is a persistent problem in our state," said Reid.  "All Nevadans should have a roof over their heads and these HUD grants will go towards helping Nevada communities face the issue of homelessness head on. I am pleased that so many community and municipal organizations will have new resources to provide struggling Nevadans with quality shelter."

Complete list of Nevada Organizations Awarded with CoCR Funds

  • Carson City Department of Health and Human Services – Two awards totaling $67,889
  • Churchill Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, New Frontier Treatment Center – Two awards totaling $41,482
  • Churchill County - $74,919
  • City of Reno – Two awards totaling $183,285
  • Department of Health and Human Services - $234,996
  • Douglas County - $157,152
  • Family Promise of Las Vegas - $298,198
  • HELP of Southern Nevada -  Two awards totaling $648,358
  • Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth - $226,210
  • Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services –$533,688
  • Northern Nevada Community Housing Resource Board – $52,944
  • ReStart - $817,643
  • Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services – Two awards totaling $2,095,033
  • Southern Nevada Children First - $377,064
  • St. Vincent HELP Inc. - $262,611
  • The Shade Tree, Inc. - $85,207
  • United States Veterans Initiative – Three awards totaling $411,280
  • Vitality Center –$84,164
  • Washoe County  - $117,523
  • WestCare Nevada –$329,612
  • Women's Development Center –Two awards totaling $250,031

Project Restart helps homeless with mental disabilities. The program is getting more than $800,000 of grant money this year - with the most in Northern Nevada. "I'm seeing it. I've seen guys go and get their own apartment. That's my goal is to get my own apartment," says Army veteran Michael Lombana.

Navy veteran Al Bradshaw adds, "Never in my wildest dreams, at this age, did I ever think I would be homeless."

"With the economy the way it is, we want to make sure that we're giving the people who are in these programs the best services that we can to keep them sustainably housed," says ReStart Executive Director Rachelle Pellissier. "It's heartbreaking. It's absolutely heartbreaking. And they're people just like you and me, usually."

She adds, "Most people don't know that the average age of a homeless person is nine years old. So, I know there's a different stereotype out there, but that's what we're dealing with."

One out of every five homeless people in the U.S. are veterans. To fight this trend, more than $400,000 is going to homeless and at-risk veterans in Nevada. "There are still veterans on the street that would give them the incentive to come do what we're doing, right now, which is trying our best," Bradshaw said. "We have the opportunity to get a shower, get a shave, and maybe get another job...I'm thankful that I'm here though. I've got a nice warm bed and a nice warm room to sleep in."

The largest pool of money is going to Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, which is receiving more than $2 million.

These grants are handed out every year but amounts vary. Officials say that for every $1 spent fighting homelessness, $18 is saved from somewhere else, like police, health care or foster care.

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